Washtenaw County's unemployment rate falls to 5.7%, second lowest in state
Washtenaw County’s unemployment rate fell from 6.6 percent to 5.7 percent in October, making it the second lowest among Michigan’s 83 counties, according to statistics from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
At 5.7 percent, Washtenaw County trails Mackinac County’s 5 percent jobless rate.
In line with seasonal expectations, payroll jobs in Washtenaw County rose for the third straight month, adding 3,600 jobs in October.
Most of the jobs gains were due to local and state educational institutions restaffing for the school year and seasonal positions, according to the report. The government sector added 9,100 jobs in Washtenaw County in the past two months, which is in line with the seasonal average.
Private service-providing industries added 700 jobs in October, professional and business services added 900, and other service sectors like trade, transportation and utilities each added 100 jobs over the month.
The number of Washtenaw County-based jobs rose in October to 201,100, up from 197,500 in September 2011 and 199,500 in October 2010. The number of employed county residents rose from 167,500 in September to 170,300 in October.